Saturday, July 16, 2011

We The People?

Attended a debate/discussion/tv show by NDTV, “We The People”, on the topic, 'Mumbai Terror', a while back.

People had a lot to say about,
Democracy, policies not being implemented, 80 year old spineless Prime Minister, 4500 people travelling in the local trains of Mumbai when the capacity is only 1700, who would be able to answer why Kasab is still kept healthy and alive and why exactly are we still spending endless money on that guy when it can be used for several other constructive purposes, like first aid for the victims of the Mumbai Blasts, 2011..!
Why we should vote for YOU in the first place when we don't even have the basic security expected as a citizen, 10 people dying everyday from accidents in the local trains which makes it 300 a month and therefore much more than the number that would probably die in a bomb blast...

The feeling of helplessness still remains no matter what even after a discussion/debate like that, of almost two hours.

And I cannot get over the fact as to how people can be so full of themselves and so fake at the same time.
They have a lot to say for sure, in the most manipulative ways one could, and mentioning how this person has high regards for the youth and a lot of expectations too, which she did not know how to elaborate on, when asked to, as to how is one expected to contribute at the individual level?


And yes, it was also mentioned and discussed as to how the hashtags on twitter, helped so much in passing on news and acted as a great medium of communication, which they totally did! Be it for help, for blood donation, or any other need.for.help. during the Mumbai blasts that took place on a 'Wednesday'...
Yes, the Wednesday mentioned in quotes is for a reason I'm not going to state.

Really liked how Mr. Naresh Fernandes and Mrs. Namita Devidayal, two authors, who had so much to say and made sense and stated facts in every thing they said or had an opinion about.

Towards the end, Barkha Dutt had come to talk about a story of a man, sitting there in the audience amongst us, crying, because he could not control his tears which came out because he has a brother admitted in a hospital right now, who is severely injured, from the bomb blasts that took place in Mumbai, two days ago. He said, "padhe likhe nahin hai hum, maa baap bhi nahin hai, Zaveri Bazaar mein hee kaam karte the, Jharkhand se hain, Mumbai rozi roti kamaane aaye the...
Abhi pata bhi nahi hai ki wahan kaam karne wapas jayenge ki nahi.."
That coming from an ice cream vendor who's eyes were full of tears, as politics, debate, discussion, country issues, had nothing to do with crossing his mind at that point of time, and it wouldn't cross any of ours if we were in his place too, to have someone as close as that, fighting between life and death.
Sympathizing with this man, was easy. But empathizing is what most of us can't do. Because at the end of it, we're all fine with it, in our subconscious minds, until someone close to us or someone we know goes through a tragedy like that.

It's not about anger anymore, it is the feeling of helplessness after knowing that more blasts and terror attacks are expected in Mumbai, and that we shouldn't let it become a "routine", but not being able to do anything substantial about it anyway.

The Mumbaikars have been tested about their spirits already and repeatedly.
And yes, I guess the statement is pretty much true as received in form of forwards, that says,
"Politicians divide us and terrorists unite us."
It's sad how that statement tells us that we need a bomb blast/terrorist attack for us to get hit in our heads and get that realization which we should have long ago!
Yes, at first, that statement wouldn't be interpreted as expected but I guess the sentiments behind it are sort of self explanatory.

Yes, we cannot always blame and criticize the government and the leaders/representatives all the time, and get away with it, because it's too easy an answer to give for any question. But what 'exactly' can one do at an individual level apart from holding debates/discussions in schools/colleges about such topics more often?

More than 70% of the people of the city still live in 'jhopad-pattis', and why Mumbai again?
We know some answers, we don't wish to know some and we don't wish to do anything about some.

"Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper that we may record our emptiness." ~ Kahlil Gibran.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rhythm

Restlessness.

'Hey Soul Sister' by Train.
'United State of Pop (Don't Stop the Pop)' by DJ Earworm.

Coke.
Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Vegetable atta noodles.

Entourage.
Blank.
Alarm.
A loud alarm sorta scaring you when you wake up.
College timings suck.
Wet hair.
Curly uncombed hair looking nice :)
Rain.
More rain.
More, more rain.
Water logging in areas.
But when you're home, it seems all good from the huge window, unless you're out there in dirty puddles.
Marine drive :)
But, marine drive with dark brown colored water! :/

Waffles :D
Music!

I love pancakes too.
Uncertainty about whether you know people around you or not. Really.
Not wanting to have healthy food. But, junk. *straight face.
Cab/taxi takes away SO much money!
Chocolate. Chocoholic :D

But, the cold and wet feeling :/
And and and,
Not wanting to do anything at all!
I'm a lazy, lazy person.

'Give me a sign' by Breaking Benjamin.
'Iridescent' by Linkin Park.

Over-thinking.
Feelings coming back.
Lyrics.
Epiphany?

Fooood :D

No dreams.
Blank dreams?
Vague dreams?

Unexpected reminders about things/people in life as if the universe is conspiring against you :/
Peppy songs cheering you up :)
The weather making you active instead of lethargic?
Soothing songs :)

Earphones starting to behave weirdly and not work properly can be depressing!

And,
"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung."
"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis."
"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."
"I don't even butter my bread, I consider that cooking."

Monday, July 4, 2011

A corner of my mind : part 3

There are a lot of people out there who cannot convey the right tone of what they're trying to say when they're chatting or rather writing to one for that matter, to get their message across.

There is that age, and maybe not exactly teenage, but a little ahead of that, where you see people in this phase of their lives where materialism holds a lot of importance, more than the usual amount, and that any tangible thing/a present, makes a lot more difference than anything original as such.
Like you'd do anything at all at a certain age to get what you want.
And when you know that the person has enough brains to probably do really, really well academically, but is not intelligent enough to apply some of it in his/her real life. That's when it gets funny.

Taking/choosing different paths/routes to get to the same destination.
Be it on a daily basis, in terms of means of transport, or the journey of life.

Some photographs speak more than what the person in it could have possibly told you in person.
But some don't remotely tell what was expected to be told.

The wind :)

'Rolling in the Deep' is a very, very well sung song by Adele, with the lyrics saying it all!

Economics : Where one states the obvious in innumerable ways in a manipulative manner by assuming more than required, and, not applying a reasonable percentage of it anywhere in life. 
It's always been about marks, it is still about marks and it will always be about marks. 
When you have 16 *huge* gol gappas after writing on that subject, now that's what you call contentment! :D 

Pasta that you cooked yourself and Friends on your laptop is sometimes what you really tend to enjoy doing, the whole Sunday :) 

I feel like applauding at some people's state of minds at some point of time. 

And,
"A pessimist is a person who looks both ways before crossing a one way street."
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome."
"The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it's their fault."
"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."